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Right at Home: Pop art packs decor punch

  • This photo provided by Mollaspace shows coasters printed with blank text bubbles a la comic art that come with erasable markers at Mollaspace.com. With Mid-Century Modern style firmly ensconced in the home décor spotlight, it follows that its successor - pop art decor - is also finding a 21st century audience. (AP Photo/Mollaspace)

    This photo provided by Mollaspace shows coasters printed with blank text bubbles a la comic art that come with erasable markers at Mollaspace.com. With Mid-Century Modern style firmly ensconced in the home décor spotlight, it follows that its successor - pop art decor - is also finding a 21st century audience. (AP Photo/Mollaspace)

  • This photo provided by Mollaspace shows Baugust’s whimsical buffalo chair. Upholstered in black fabric, this clever seating and sculpture nods to pop art at Mollaspace.com. With Mid-Century Modern style firmly ensconced in the home décor spotlight, it follows that its successor - pop art decor - is also finding a 21st century audience.   (AP Photo/Mollaspace)

    This photo provided by Mollaspace shows Baugust’s whimsical buffalo chair. Upholstered in black fabric, this clever seating and sculpture nods to pop art at Mollaspace.com. With Mid-Century Modern style firmly ensconced in the home décor spotlight, it follows that its successor - pop art decor - is also finding a 21st century audience. (AP Photo/Mollaspace)

  • This photo provided by Mollaspace shows Baugust’s whimsical chairs that  include a lamb, buffalo, dog and pony.  Upholstered in black fabric and perched on curvy legs, they’re at once clever seating and sculpture that nods to pop art at Mollaspace.com. (AP Photo/Mollaspace)

    This photo provided by Mollaspace shows Baugust’s whimsical chairs that include a lamb, buffalo, dog and pony. Upholstered in black fabric and perched on curvy legs, they’re at once clever seating and sculpture that nods to pop art at Mollaspace.com. (AP Photo/Mollaspace)

  • In this photo provided by Maxwell Dickson, the Los Angeles-based design house creates arresting pop art using a variety of techniques and imagery.  A tableful of empty liquor bottles, a traffic jam of stacked colorblocked typography, and a literal, comic POP are a few of the pieces in the Maxwell Dickson wall art collection. (AP Photo/Maxwell Dickson)

    In this photo provided by Maxwell Dickson, the Los Angeles-based design house creates arresting pop art using a variety of techniques and imagery. A tableful of empty liquor bottles, a traffic jam of stacked colorblocked typography, and a literal, comic POP are a few of the pieces in the Maxwell Dickson wall art collection. (AP Photo/Maxwell Dickson)

  • In this photo provided by Maxwell Dickson, the Los Angeles-based design house creates arresting pop art using a variety of techniques and imagery.  A tableful of empty liquor bottles, a traffic jam of stacked colorblocked typography, and a literal, comic POP are a few of the pieces in the Maxwell Dickson wall art collection. (AP Photo/Maxwell Dickson)

    In this photo provided by Maxwell Dickson, the Los Angeles-based design house creates arresting pop art using a variety of techniques and imagery. A tableful of empty liquor bottles, a traffic jam of stacked colorblocked typography, and a literal, comic POP are a few of the pieces in the Maxwell Dickson wall art collection. (AP Photo/Maxwell Dickson)

  • This photo provided by Mollaspace shows a fun canvas storage system, with bins that are printed with iconic retro imagery like a TV set, boombox and 80s style speakers.  With Mid-Century Modern style firmly ensconced in the home décor spotlight, it follows that its successor - pop art decor - is also finding a 21st century audience.   (AP Photo/Mollaspace)

    This photo provided by Mollaspace shows a fun canvas storage system, with bins that are printed with iconic retro imagery like a TV set, boombox and 80s style speakers. With Mid-Century Modern style firmly ensconced in the home décor spotlight, it follows that its successor - pop art decor - is also finding a 21st century audience. (AP Photo/Mollaspace)

  • This July 2014 photo shows timers and soaker hoses, which can be used to keep your garden healthy while you're on your vacation on display in a hardware store in Larchmont, New York. (AP Photo/Julie Rubin)

    This July 2014 photo shows timers and soaker hoses, which can be used to keep your garden healthy while you're on your vacation on display in a hardware store in Larchmont, New York. (AP Photo/Julie Rubin)

  • This photo provided by Mollaspace shows a map printed in hot pink and Slushie blue that would make a great pop art wall covering from Mollaspace.com. With Mid-Century Modern style firmly ensconced in the home décor spotlight, it follows that its successor - pop art decor - is also finding a 21st century audience.   (AP Photo/Mollaspace)

    This photo provided by Mollaspace shows a map printed in hot pink and Slushie blue that would make a great pop art wall covering from Mollaspace.com. With Mid-Century Modern style firmly ensconced in the home décor spotlight, it follows that its successor - pop art decor - is also finding a 21st century audience. (AP Photo/Mollaspace)

  • This photo provided by Mollaspace shows Baugust’s whimsical pony chair. Upholstered in black fabric, this clever seating and sculpture nods to pop art at Mollaspace.com. With Mid-Century Modern style firmly ensconced in the home décor spotlight, it follows that its successor - pop art decor - is also finding a 21st century audience.   (AP Photo/Mollaspace)

    This photo provided by Mollaspace shows Baugust’s whimsical pony chair. Upholstered in black fabric, this clever seating and sculpture nods to pop art at Mollaspace.com. With Mid-Century Modern style firmly ensconced in the home décor spotlight, it follows that its successor - pop art decor - is also finding a 21st century audience. (AP Photo/Mollaspace)

  • In this undated photo provided by Holly Jo Anderson, to keep outdoor flower and veggie containers watered for a few days, use a extremely low-tech solution of rigging a gallon sized zipper baggy with water and poke two small holes in the bottom. The holes can be made with a safety pin. Place the baggy either above or in the pot and it will drip water for a few days to water your plant or vegetables for you while you're gone on vacation. (AP Photo/Holly Jo Anderson)

    In this undated photo provided by Holly Jo Anderson, to keep outdoor flower and veggie containers watered for a few days, use a extremely low-tech solution of rigging a gallon sized zipper baggy with water and poke two small holes in the bottom. The holes can be made with a safety pin. Place the baggy either above or in the pot and it will drip water for a few days to water your plant or vegetables for you while you're gone on vacation. (AP Photo/Holly Jo Anderson)

  • This photo provided by Mollaspace shows a map printed in hot pink and Slushie blue that would make a great pop art wall covering from Mollaspace.com. With Mid-Century Modern style firmly ensconced in the home décor spotlight, it follows that its successor - pop art decor - is also finding a 21st century audience.   (AP Photo/Mollaspace)

    This photo provided by Mollaspace shows a map printed in hot pink and Slushie blue that would make a great pop art wall covering from Mollaspace.com. With Mid-Century Modern style firmly ensconced in the home décor spotlight, it follows that its successor - pop art decor - is also finding a 21st century audience. (AP Photo/Mollaspace)

  • In this photo provided by Maxwell Dickson, the Los Angeles-based design house creates arresting pop art using a variety of techniques and imagery.  A tableful of empty liquor bottles, a traffic jam of stacked colorblocked typography, and a literal, comic POP are a few of the pieces in the Maxwell Dickson wall art collection. (AP Photo/Maxwell Dickson)

    In this photo provided by Maxwell Dickson, the Los Angeles-based design house creates arresting pop art using a variety of techniques and imagery. A tableful of empty liquor bottles, a traffic jam of stacked colorblocked typography, and a literal, comic POP are a few of the pieces in the Maxwell Dickson wall art collection. (AP Photo/Maxwell Dickson)

  • This photo provided by Mollaspace shows coasters printed with blank text bubbles a la comic art that come with erasable markers at Mollaspace.com. With Mid-Century Modern style firmly ensconced in the home décor spotlight, it follows that its successor - pop art decor - is also finding a 21st century audience. (AP Photo/Mollaspace)
  • This photo provided by Mollaspace shows Baugust’s whimsical buffalo chair. Upholstered in black fabric, this clever seating and sculpture nods to pop art at Mollaspace.com. With Mid-Century Modern style firmly ensconced in the home décor spotlight, it follows that its successor - pop art decor - is also finding a 21st century audience.   (AP Photo/Mollaspace)
  • This photo provided by Mollaspace shows Baugust’s whimsical chairs that  include a lamb, buffalo, dog and pony.  Upholstered in black fabric and perched on curvy legs, they’re at once clever seating and sculpture that nods to pop art at Mollaspace.com. (AP Photo/Mollaspace)
  • In this photo provided by Maxwell Dickson, the Los Angeles-based design house creates arresting pop art using a variety of techniques and imagery.  A tableful of empty liquor bottles, a traffic jam of stacked colorblocked typography, and a literal, comic POP are a few of the pieces in the Maxwell Dickson wall art collection. (AP Photo/Maxwell Dickson)
  • In this photo provided by Maxwell Dickson, the Los Angeles-based design house creates arresting pop art using a variety of techniques and imagery.  A tableful of empty liquor bottles, a traffic jam of stacked colorblocked typography, and a literal, comic POP are a few of the pieces in the Maxwell Dickson wall art collection. (AP Photo/Maxwell Dickson)
  • This photo provided by Mollaspace shows a fun canvas storage system, with bins that are printed with iconic retro imagery like a TV set, boombox and 80s style speakers.  With Mid-Century Modern style firmly ensconced in the home décor spotlight, it follows that its successor - pop art decor - is also finding a 21st century audience.   (AP Photo/Mollaspace)
  • This July 2014 photo shows timers and soaker hoses, which can be used to keep your garden healthy while you're on your vacation on display in a hardware store in Larchmont, New York. (AP Photo/Julie Rubin)
  • This photo provided by Mollaspace shows a map printed in hot pink and Slushie blue that would make a great pop art wall covering from Mollaspace.com. With Mid-Century Modern style firmly ensconced in the home décor spotlight, it follows that its successor - pop art decor - is also finding a 21st century audience.   (AP Photo/Mollaspace)
  • This photo provided by Mollaspace shows Baugust’s whimsical pony chair. Upholstered in black fabric, this clever seating and sculpture nods to pop art at Mollaspace.com. With Mid-Century Modern style firmly ensconced in the home décor spotlight, it follows that its successor - pop art decor - is also finding a 21st century audience.   (AP Photo/Mollaspace)
  • In this undated photo provided by Holly Jo Anderson, to keep outdoor flower and veggie containers watered for a few days, use a extremely low-tech solution of rigging a gallon sized zipper baggy with water and poke two small holes in the bottom. The holes can be made with a safety pin. Place the baggy either above or in the pot and it will drip water for a few days to water your plant or vegetables for you while you're gone on vacation. (AP Photo/Holly Jo Anderson)
  • This photo provided by Mollaspace shows a map printed in hot pink and Slushie blue that would make a great pop art wall covering from Mollaspace.com. With Mid-Century Modern style firmly ensconced in the home décor spotlight, it follows that its successor - pop art decor - is also finding a 21st century audience.   (AP Photo/Mollaspace)
  • In this photo provided by Maxwell Dickson, the Los Angeles-based design house creates arresting pop art using a variety of techniques and imagery.  A tableful of empty liquor bottles, a traffic jam of stacked colorblocked typography, and a literal, comic POP are a few of the pieces in the Maxwell Dickson wall art collection. (AP Photo/Maxwell Dickson)

Mid-century modern style is now firmly planted in the home decor landscape. And one of its elements, pop art, is cultivating a 21st century following.

Eye-catching, graphic, often tongue-in-cheek or sassily whimsical, pop art decor plays well off the vintage vibe and yet also makes contemporary furnishings, well, pop.

In the 1950s, Abstract Expressionism dominated the art world, with Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock among its superstars. The canvas served as an arena for aggressive applications of paint. Conceptual, nonfigurative art found a strong following in the art world, if not always with average Americans, at least at first.

In the effervescent, culture-obsessed 1960s, artists like Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein and David Hockney created collages, mixed media art and lithographs that depicted the talismans of popular culture. They took inspiration from consumer culture, from soap boxes to soup cans, flags to the funny papers, Marilyn Monroe to Mao. While some critics derided it as jokey, low-brow or too focused on materialism, the approachable imagery connected easily with mainstream America. It was hip, fun and relatable.

“I consider pop art a classic,” says Jennifer DeLonge, an interior and product designer in Carlsbad, California. “It was such an important time in design and it continues to withstand so many fleeting trends. As a designer, I’m always drawn to pop first because I appreciate graphic lines and very obvious color.”

DeLonge has launched a social marketplace app called Reissued that brings lovers of vintage, one-of-a-kind and hard-to-find items together to buy and sell. A bright yellow 1960s Coke bottle crate was recently up for grabs. (reissued.com)

Fab.com’s pop art décor includes Quinze + Milan’s giant Brillo box pouf. Also of note: Karlsson’s minimalist wall clock made of two oversize red hands; Finnish designer Jonna Saarinen’s abstract, printed birch tray in vivid tangerine and red; and lithographs in the Masters of Pop Art collection that includes Warhol’s portrait of Muhammad Ali, Keith Haring’s “Untitled” series, and Roy Lichtenstein’s “Blonde Waiting.”

Biaugust’s whimsical little black upholstered chairs shaped like ponies, lambs and buffalo are available at Mollaspace. Here too is a vivid bubble-gum-pink and Slushie-blue map of the world, as well as acrylic coasters printed with blank cartoon-speech bubbles that can be written on with a reusable pen, and a series of canvas storage bins printed with old-school boom boxes, radios and TV sets. (mollaspace.com )

A few pop art accessories in a room make a statement for a modest price. Creative Motion’s cylindrical table lamp printed with comic-strip imagery is under $50. A collection of kicky, ’70s-style graphic print pillows from notNeutral pack pop punch. (wayfair.com )

Canvases and throw pillows from the Los Angeles art decor studio Maxwell Dickson feature some arresting, edgy designs, including a photorealistic image of a tableful of empty liquor bottles, a typographic traffic jam of color-blocked letters, and the word “POP” exploding like a cartoon graphic. (maxwelldickson.com)

The Museum of Modern Art’s store has lots of pop art items from which to choose: Damien Hirst’s white wall clock with colorful polka dots would be terrific in a child’s room. Verner Panton’s black and white Optik pillow features a dizzying kaleidoscope of circles and stripes that’s as much “op” as “pop.” There’s also a wide range of prints and postcards that you can frame yourself. (momastore.org )

Check Spoonflower.com for fabric yardage and wallpaper with pop art prints from new designers.

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